Ran into a snag today and almost through in the towel. I spent the morning not doing much, because I could not figure how to hold the sheet metal in place to re-skin where the windows were. I did get out the air compressor that was given to me a couple years ago and hook up the pneumatic riveter I got from Harbor Freight
A six gallon air compressor is not much,but for free... I can get thirteen rivets before it start up to re fill the tank. At my speed that will work. I'm using 3/16 steel structural rivets. The pneumatic riveter works good. here is a demo rivet.
After lunch I said I have to try something. I held the first piece up and wedged it under the gutter and was able to get a clamp on it to hold in place long enough to drill and rivet the first hole. It took several tries because it kept sliding around after I put on the silicone to seal up between the sheet metal.
Finally got the first piece up. When I tried the other side it did not go so well. For one thing I now have to operate the clamp with my left had, and that did not work. After about an half hour of frustration and knowing the rest of the sheet metal cover two windows. They are 5' long and 10" taller. there is no way I will be able to get them up.
I set and moped in the bus for an hour wondering what to do. Like I said , I almost through the towel in for the day and gave up. The a plan started to form. I grabbed some paper and started drawing.
I know cool isn't it.
First I needed to find tow small bottle jacks on a Sunday evening. I went to both home depot and lowes, all they had was the 20 ton for about $60.00. I pulled out my smart phone and did a search and found that the Walmart around the corner had 2 ton jacks fro $12.00. It showed three in stock, so I placed my order online and headed over to pick them up. A quick trip back to home depot for some 2 x 4's. Half hour later and $50.00 poorer. I screwed the 2 x 4's mostly square together. Used my drill press to drill two holes in the jacks to secure to the top 2 x 4's. Them welded a 4' piece of steel that had a 1/4 ' lip on it to the jacks. Here it is.
I'm glad I used two jacks, it makes up for the unevenness of the ground. It also wedges the sheat metal under the gutter further. I'm also able to walk around with a hammer to align it up with the U channel.